60 Minis hit the road for KidsCan this Easter weekend
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The Pork Pie Charity Run will once again travel the length of the country beginning over Easter weekend, with 60 Minis and 125 participants hitting the road to drive to raise funds for KidsCan.
2017 will be the fifth Pork Pie Charity Run since 2009 with the events raising a total of $660,000 to date.
The event starts on Good Friday in Kaitaia, and arrives in Invercargill on Wednesday the 19th of April. The trip takes six days and covers over 2,500kms through the country’s biggest cities and smallest towns.
The Pork Pie Charity Run is the brainchild of Murray and Annie Hemsley and Rod Harris who wanted to support the 50th anniversary of the MINI by taking a trip that payed more than just homage to the classic Kiwi movie.
“So for the love of a good woman and a MINI, a fun loving, adventurous road trip was born,” said Murray Hemsley.
“Those who share the adventure are the ones to be thanked because it is these people who give so much to help those with so little. This is family, this is New Zealand, this is what we are about.”
The motto for the run is based on a love of the film, to have lots of fun, and a passion to raise funds – the “three Fs” as Murray and Annie say.
KidsCan is the charity partner for the second consecutive event which raised more than $200,000 in 2015. The aim is to raise at least the same amount in 2017 as the passionate teams continue their efforts around the country and gear up for the run.
Event creators and organisers, Murray and Annie Hemsley, said they were proud to be partnered up with children’s charity KidsCan this year.
“In 2017 Annie and I are again working with KidsCan as we both see the day to day poverty of the needy families in our communities through our jobs as a Nurse and a Special Education Adviser. KidsCan faces up to the issue and delivers to our most vulnerable kids and that is why we support them.”
“KidsCan is excited to be involved in the Pork Pie Charity Run again in 2017,” said KidsCan CEO and Founder, Julie Chapman.
“We are eagerly anticipating what promises to be a fun and memorable six days on the road. The run covers the length of New Zealand and travels to areas where many of the schools we support are located which makes it even more relevant for us.”
Mini New Zealand has been partnered with the event since its inception in 2009 and is thrilled to support the event again this year, providing three new MINIs for the drive, exclusive apparel for all the teams, prize packs and hosting of all the teams for a delicious lunch at the Auckland Mini Garage in Newmarket on Easter Friday.
“Mini loves adventures – so we can think of nothing better than a road trip for a cause,” said Mini Marketing Manager, Stefanie Dellinger.
“Especially the route down to Invercargill which is familiar for every Kiwi Mini driver. It is great to see the organiser’s and participant’s enthusiasm, passion and true Mini spirit which has clearly delivered a sensational result for KidsCan.”
People are encouraged to look out for the MINIs, cheer them on and pop a coin in their collection tin. The full itinerary is available at www.porkpie.co.nz/itinerary/
To donate to the Pork Pie Charity Run in support of KidsCan, go to www.givealittle.co.nz/event/porkpiecharityrun2017 or visit www.kidscan.co.nz